The beginning of the school year means the start of classes but a lot of learning at Forman School takes place outside the classroom. Recently, the Womens' and Mens' Groups have started their monthly gatherings to discuss issues of gender and identity as well as related topics. Health, Wellness, and Leadership Teacher Cecilia Gallo is the facilitator for the Womens' Group and Video and Film Teacher Sean Kelly does the same for the Mens' Group.
"The Forman School Womens' Group empowers women in the community to examine issues of gender and identity and to value and champion their own safety and well-being," says Gallo. The Womens' Group meetings are by grade so that their discussions are truly among peers. The Mens' Group meets by dorms which also ensures a comfortable and friendly environment. Both settings lead to fruitful and educational gatherings.
"We are trying to start conversations between the students," says Kelly. "Our male students are at a complicated time in their lives and really benefit from compassionate guidance from faculty and staff, especially around issues of gender roles, expectations, and proper behavior."